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Bachelor in leadership, politics and sustainability

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Programme description

The purpose of the study programme is to qualify students for positions within the public sector, private sector and voluntary sector – in addition to further education. The degree is interdisciplinary. Management is central to several courses, enabling students to take a management perspective on important social issues. Politics and political science form the academic basis for courses in the second, fifth and sixth semesters. Social economics and public law are taught in the third semester. This semester enables students to conduct proper administrative procedure and simple economic analyses.

In the fourth semester, students have the opportunity to go on study abroad, or take elective courses. The fifth semester is oriented towards processes across the sectors, the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of this with regard to management. The final semester consists of policy analysis, where students will create their own plan for a simple policy analysis. Students may choose to follow up on this plan in their bachelor's thesis. The programme entails much writing and places emphasis on good expository writing skills.

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Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, the candidate is expected to have achieved the following learning outcomes:


  • Have knowledge of the roles of political and administrative management within the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Have knowledge of Norwegian democracy and public administrative principles.
  • Be aware of research and development work that is occurring within the public sector, with an emphasis on the Scandinavian Welfare Model
  • is able update their knowledge in the field of public administration, by knowing the important literature in the field, as well as major journals and arenas through which they can update their academic knowledge
  • Have knowledge of the history and traditions of public administration and the importance of a competent and effective administration of the law and social development 


  • Be able to formulate issues that help solve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Be able to formulate simple issues and produce trustworthy designs in order to solve these on topics relevant to public administration.
  • Be able to carry out administrative procedures in a confident manner in line with the principles of the Norwegian Public Administration Act 
  • is able to reflect over the fact that one's role as a public servant often involves an exercise of power in terms of other people, and that professionalism and due process under the law are important virtues for public employees.
  • Be able to find, assess and refer to topical literature and other relevant sources in a critical manner, and present this in a positive way to local politicians and the members of the general public who may not necessarily have the same competence on the subject as oneself. 
  • Be able to master relevant theoretical concepts and models for social science analysis, be able to write in a precise manner, as well as master tools such as Kostra and statistical computer programs

General competence

  • Have broad insight into the value base for public administration, such as majority rule, interest rule, technocratic rule and the rule of law
  • has broad insight into scientific values such as openness, rationality, precision and reliability
  • has a keen awareness of public ethos
  • Can plan and carry out assessments and case presentations that span over a period of time, alone and as a group participant, and in line with the academic requirements of reliability, critical thinking, adequate methodology and ethical awareness. 
  • Be able to communicate key subject material in different ways, but with particular proficiency in writing
  • Be aware of international trends within public administration, and be able to exchange views and experiences with others versed in public administration, with a view to improving public services.
  • Be aware of new thinking and innovation processes in the public sector, particularly public reform policies and dilemmas associated with the implementation of public policy

Admission requirements

Admission to the programme of study requires Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

Applicants who do not have Higher Education Entrance Qualification and are 25 years of age or older may apply for admission on the basis of prior learning and work experience.

Foreign applicants must fulfil the requirements for Norwegian General Study competence as well as language proficiency requirements in Norwegian and English language.

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Relevant qualifications for this programme are work experience from administrative procedure, administration, management, organisational work, political work, board work and/or relevant courses.

Career possibilities

The study programme qualifies the candidate for positions in all types of administration and management. In particular, the programme is oriented towards the municipal sector, with an emphasis on the demands placed on public governance, written administrative procedures and case studies, local democratic issues, community and policy analysis, as well as innovative ways of working, such as process management.

Further education

The study programme qualifies the student for admission to the Master’s programmes in subjects within the social sciences at Nord University. The study programme satisfies the subject requirements for admission to the Master in Comparative Politics at the University of Bergen (UiB). The study programme will also provide admission to several other social science master's degrees both in Norway and internationally.

Study abroad

The fourth semester is adapted for student exchange. The Faculty has several exchange agreements that students on the programme of study can take advantage of. Relevant subject areas for student exchanges are social sciences, economics and legal courses.


In addition to the semester fee and course literature, it is assumed that students provide their own laptop computer.

A foreign study trip to Brussels is planned for the fourth semester. The costs for this are covered by the students themselves. The study trip is a coursework requirement with a report that will be approved afterwards. Students who do not participate in the study trip will be offered an alternative assignment they can complete at home.

Guidelines for fees at Nord University.

Guidelines for financial grants for students carrying out professional training studies at Nord University.

Assessment methods

Various forms of assessment are utilised: Written school examination, written home examination, oral examination, group-based examination and written project assignment.

Programme evaluation

The programme of study is annually evaluated by the students through course evaluations and study programme evaluation. The evaluations are part of the university's quality assurance system.

Qualifications requirements and regulations

The programme is not covered by the central national curriculum regulations. We refer to current regulations and guidelines.

Progression requirements

The following requirements for progression apply to the programme: in order to register for the courses STA2007 Bachelor's Thesis in Public Administration and STA2006 Reforms and Policy Analysis, the student must have completed the courses from semesters 1, 2 and 3, or equivalent, or completed another bachelor's degree.
ECTS Credits 180 Study level Bachelor's degree programme Teaching language
Faculty of Social Sciences
Course location Levanger